Blog: Seasonal Outdoor Toy Storage

November 28, 2022

Here are tips for storing your seasonal toys like snowmobiles and jetskis

If you like to have an active lifestyle but do not have the space to store your favorite outdoor toys self-storage might be the answer for you. In this article we will explore tips and tricks to safely and securely store your outdoor toys.

What to do when storing Jet Skis or Snow Mobiles

 

 

To prolong the life of your toys here are some tips

 

  1. Consider adding antifreeze to the exhaust system. While this step is optional, it is of particular importance if your jet ski will be kept outside or exposed to extremely low temperatures. Get out your owner’s manual and follow winterizing instructions regarding antifreeze. Each model will have particular recommendations to follow.
  2. Drain or fill the gas tank. If you are storing your skis inside a unit it is important to drain the gas tank as gas is flammable and storage facilities do not allow flammable items to be stored in an enclosed unit. If it is being stored outdoors and you want to keep the gas in it, fill the tank and add fuel stabilizer, to ensure the gas does not go stale.
  3. Get an oil change. A fresh oil filter and new synthetic oil will give your jet ski the best chance at starting up again like new next season. Make sure also to lubricate areas like the brakes and steering equipment using a spray lubricant to prevent corrosion.
  4. Remove the battery and place on towel or mat. If you keep the battery plugged in, it will lose its charge over time. Removing it is the only way to ensure it’s not drawing any power from the PWC. Make sure the battery is kept in a climate-controlled environment. For added protection, keep your battery connected to an automatic battery charger during the offseason away from anything flammable.
  5. Drain any water from the engine prior to bringing the jet ski into storage. Make sure when you bring the PWC onto the trailer, you position the backside (stern) lower than the bow so water is able to drain. To get the remainder of the water out of the engine, start the motor for intervals of no more than 20-30 seconds. While the engine is running, crank the throttle a few times to force any remaining water out of the engine.
  6. Thoroughly clean your toy- removing excess dirt, grime and moisture will help to prevent rust and deterioration
  7. Fog the engine on snowmobiles- use a fog spray or extra lubricant in the engine to prevent corrosion
  8. Block off all vents on snowmobiles – fill any vents including exhaust, cooling and air intake. Steel wool is usually the best option to keep dust debris and animals from getting inside. Don’t forget to remove your method of blocking the vents before starting it up again
  9. Elevate toys- Remember to keep your toys off the ground. This will prevent further corrosion and deterioration keeping them away from ground moisture.

Storing your seasonal toys properly can be a big help to maintain them. It is important to contact a professional if you are having any issues with your toys.

Most important thing to remember is HAVE FUN and BE SAFE!

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